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3 years ago

ITC to investigate Apple over HTC's patent complaints

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Tech Armageddon continues, and now the ITC (International Trade Commission) will be launching an investigation against Apple Computer Corp. over disputes brought by HTC earlier this year.  TechCrunch reports (by way of BusinessWeek) a basic description of the patents in question as:

The patents in the ITC case relate to an interface that lets the user add identifiers such as .com or .org; an interface that enlarges characters being typed; a way to display information on mobile devices; and status bars that let a user check phone calls, text messages or calendar events.

The investigation itself goes well beyond the smartphone arena -- the ITC states it will cover "computers, tablet computers, and smartphones."  It's worth noting that some of the patents in question were granted to HTC by Google, who so far has stayed out of the current tech courtroom drama it's OEM's are involved in. 

As always, it's the consumer who will be the biggest loser here.  Licensing agreements will be worked out, and that cost will be funneled down to all of us.  It's a war with no winners.

Source: ITC; via Tech Crunch

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3 years ago

Xobni launches Smartr Contacts for Android - makes your address book smarter

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If you came to Android from the BlackBerry world then there is a good chance you've heard of the folks behind the newly released contact management app Smartr. Xobni, while having first made their app available on BlackBerry has now launched Smartr to the Android Market after a long beta and alpha testing phase.

Rather then just simply offering you another address book, Smartr organizes your address book and takes it to the next level by offering a solution of making sure the people you contact the most, are always at your fingertips. Contacts are no longer arranged alphabetically, your contacts are now ranked by how often you reach out to them -- bringing the most important to the top. In addition to the better organization, profiles can be completely filled out with a photo, job title, company details, email history, common contacts and info from social networks.

Acessing your Smartr contact information is easy as well, you have access to them from the home screen, via the main search bar, the widgets, or the Smartr app. If you're in need of a better contact management system for your device, give Smartr a look. Couple it with Smartr contacts for GMail and you have a pretty awesome solution for keeping your contacts organized. We're going to have a full review up soon but for now -- it's available in the Android Market for free and you'll find the download, press release and a video further explaining the services past the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile to iPhone faithful: How about a nice Android phone?

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This is probably one of those things that seemed like a good idea at the time. T-Mobile chief marketing officer Cole Brodman took to the company's blog this morning to address the persistent rumors (and cries) that the carrier will, should or never will get the iPhone.

The post, titled "About the iPhone - a Letter to T-Mobile Customers," begins:

We’ve heard from many customers who love their T-Mobile service, but are disappointed that we don’t carry the iPhone. To these customers, first, thank you for your business.  Please know that we think the iPhone is a great device and Apple knows that we’d like to add it to our line-up. Today, there are over a million T-Mobile customers using unlocked iPhones on our network. We are interested in offering all of our customers a no-compromise iPhone experience on our network.

Can't help but wonder how T-Mobile's vision of a "no-compromise iPhone experience" differs from Apple's. Obviously there's some sort of divide, otherwise we'd see an iPhone officially on Magenta already.

But no matter. Brodman and T-Mobile are more than happy to sell you an Android phone. He continues:

In the meantime, we continue to bring to market some of the most advanced, cutting-edge Android devices. Today, I had the chance to take the stage at the Mobilize event in San Francisco and introduce our fastest 4G smartphones ever, the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Amaze. We’re very confident that these Android smartphones rival or beat any smartphone out there in terms of functionality, speed, overall experience and features – including the iPhone.

Can't say we disagree -- we're pretty stoked about the HTC Amaze 4G and Galaxy S II -- but that's probably not going to do much to assuade the iPhone faithful. Hit the link below for the full post.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Pantech Breakout

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Verizon Wireless recently introduced to us the Pantech Breakout, an entry-level device of the 4G LTE market, and the price tag was set to intrigue. Well, it appears as though it did just that, and landed right in my hands, and many of you are probably wondering how the specs and performance compare to the price. So, without any further delay let's hit the break and take a quick look at the device, check out some more pictures, and a video walkthrough.

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3 years ago

Smartphone buyers chose Android twice as often as iOS in past 3 months

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As expected, the Android train keeps steamrolling along.  Nielsen's numbers for smartphone platform purchases in the past 90 days show users picking Android 56 percent of the time, which is twice as often as iOS, which is the closest competitor.  Apple's iOS numbers didn't drop below their overall market share, but everyone elses numbers sure did.  It's a clear trend -- people in love with their Apple products will keep buying them, while everyone else is slowly but surely shifting towards Android and away from everyone else.

Fans on both sides will twist these numbers into ammunition for the inevitable flame wars, but one thing is certain -- people like having choices.  If Apple finally gets the iPhone on the last two major carriers on the planet who don't have it yet, their number will probably grow.  And the new iPhone rumored to be coming in October may have an effect here as well.  In the end, everyone will get the phone they wanted to get anyway -- and that's really all that matters.  (Good thing 56 percent of them will be making the right choice!)

Source: Nielsen

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3 years ago

ThunderBolt Gingerbread changelog is up! Update includes customizable dock?

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Here she be, folks. Verizon's posted the changelog for the ThunderBolt Gingerbread update. It'll be build 2.11.605.3, and includes:

  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • New desktop UI, including widgets, icons and screens
  • New customizable dock icons

Plus all the other fixes and updates in Gingerbread, and more you can see in the screen above.

Source: Verizon (pdf)
More in the HTC ThunderBolt forums

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Nexus S gets an update to Android 2.3.6

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Hot on the heels of the Nexus One getting an update, the Nexus S is now in the throes of a 17.5-megabyte download that brings Android 2.3.6 (build GRK39C) along with "bug fixes and security patches." Should just take a couple minutes to update, and then you'll be able to go back to lording it over your friends that you have the latest update, and they're still twiddling their thumbs.

Looks like this indeed fixes some of the tethering issues we'd been seeing, which is nice. And if you crack open the zip file you'll see patches to just about everything -- with the biggest changes to the NFC function

If you're not in a waiting mood, we've got manual install instructions after the break.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 get official in the U.S.

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Samsung this afternoon officially unwrapped U.S. versions of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 Honeycomb tablet, and the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is an aptly named 8.9-inch Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet with TouchWiz that we first saw way back CTIA in March. It'll be available nationwide Oct. 2 for $569 for the 32 GB version, and $469 for the 16 GB version. Or, you might be able to snag one at a Best Buy before Sunday.

The Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 are 4- and 5-inch Android 2.3.5 devices, respectively -- basically smartphones without the phone. The Galaxy Player 5.0 sports a massive 2500 mAh battery, while the 4.0 has a meager 1200 mAh battery.

Full press release is after the break.


Galaxy Player 4.0, left, and Galaxy Player 5.0

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3 years ago

Find all the latest jobs at Research in Motion with this handy Android app

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Youtube link for mobile viewing and joking

Dunno about you, but if I were looking for a job with Research in Motion -- as in the folks who make the BlackBerry -- I'm not sure if I'd turn to an Android app to do so. But that's exactly what Jobs in Motion does. It's a relatively nice Android app that shows you the latest RIM job openings, lets you share and save them, and even ties into Twitter, Facebook and Linked In.

And probably the most ironic thing? It looks about 100 times better on an Android smartphone than on a BlackBerry. Go figure.

Uh, download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Amaze 4G coming to T-Mobile on Oct. 12 for $259 after contract, rebate

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Pre-sale starts online Oct. 10; phone is NFC-capable

T-Mobile this afternoon announced the HTC Amaze 4G (aka the HTC Ruby) -- a 4.3-inch powerhouse that will run on TMo's HSPA+ 42Mbps 4G network. In addition to the aforementioned display (which is a Super LCD at qHD resolution), the Amaze 4G has a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor pushing Android 2.3.4 and HTC Sense (with T-Mobile TV and HTC Watch thrown in for good measure).  Add in the excellent camera hardware and software we first saw in the MyTouch 4G Slide, and this one is sure to attract a bit of attention.

Not enough power? The Amaze 4G also sports NFC (near field communication) for mobile payments, tags and the like, making it only one of a few handsets with the feature. (T-Mobile's Nexus S is another.)

The HTC Amaze 4G will be available for pre-sale starting Oct. 10, and in stores Oct. 12. It'll cost $259.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year contract. Full press release is after the break.

HTC Amaze 4G forums | HTC Amaze 4G Specs

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II will be available Oct. 12 for $229 after contract, rebate

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After a bit of a false start last month at Samsung's U.S. Galaxy S II event, T-Mobile has finally and officially announced the release date, plus more details.

First and foremost, it'll be available in stores Oct. 12 for $229.99 -- after $50 rebate and with a two-year contract. You can preorder it online starting Oct. 10.

As for more details, T-Mobile had previously been pretty mum on things -- to the point locking down the phone under glass at Samsung's launch event. But today we learn that it indeed has a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running Android 2.3.4. The phone has NFC capabilities and can show Netflix, T-Mobile TV and Samsung Media Hub features on that 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. It's also got DLNA and HDMI-out, and runs on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42Mbps 4G network.

The additional details of the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II piggybacked the announcment of the HTC Amaze 4G. You can find the full press release for both after the break.

More in the T-Mobile Galaxy S II forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Gem EH17 software update now available

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If you're rocking a Samsung Gem and have been feeling rather left out of the update loop, now is your time to shine. Samsung has made available for download the EH17 software update that serves to correct some ghosts in the machine if you will. Changes include:

  • New application: Books added to the application list. The Books application allows you to purchase ebooks through the Google ebooks Website. For more information on Books, click here.
  • Fix: Accessing the Camcorder after taking pictures.
  • Fix: Sending MMS when Wi-Fi is active.
  • Fix: Pause key in voicemail.

You will need to download the Samsung Simple Upgrade Tool, and most importantly -- back up your information first but after that it should be smooth sailing for you. You can grab both the Samsung Simple Upgrade Tool and the software update directly from the source link below. Shine on you crazy diamond!

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

New images of the HTC Vigor confirm rumored specs

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We've been seeing and hearing plenty about the HTC Vigor these days, even the guided video tours have now leaked out. Before those, the media files, live wallpaper and boot animation were all dumped for everyone to enjoy and now some new images have popped up. Aside from the front and back of the device, there is finally some confirmation for the oft rumored specs and the Vigor is running a 1.5GHz processor, Android 2.3.4, a 8MP rear camera with a 2MP shooter on the front and of course that oh so beautiful 4.3-inch HD display and LTE. More pics can be found past the break for you all.

Source: TeamBAMF

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3 years ago

Fusion Garage’s Grid 4 smartphone receives the FCC treatment

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Just in case you thought the folks from Fusion Garage weren't serious about their whole "Grid" line of the devices, we now have a blatant reminder that they are indeed pushing forth with the idea. The Grid4 smartphone is now in the hands of the FCC, which has given the device a complete tear down.

As a reminder -- this device, when released will be coming with a Qualcomm MSM8255, 4-inch 800 x 480 LCD display, 5 Megapixel camera with Autofocus and LED Flash (720p Video Recording) and 16GB of internal storage.

Also included in the FCC filing is the user manual but it is rather sparse on details and more so full of legal speak stating things such as "This product uses the Flickr API but is not endorsed or certified by Flickr" -- sounds great. You can hit the source link for the nitty gritty, if you dare.

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

First look at TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP) 2.0

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

For those folks interested in the next stage of recovery on your phone, this is one I'd set some time aside to check out. I'm sure by now some of you have switched to TeamWin's custom recovery (called TWRP), and we've sat down with developer agrabren for a sneak peek at the latest iteration of their recovery, called TWRP 2.0.

The interview is in two videos, plus select excerpts after the break.

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